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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY (YN 8028)
Laid down 27 July 1942
Launched 03 February 1943
Commissioned 22 May 1943
Decommissioned 05 February 5 1947
Recommissioned 08 February 1951
Decommissioned 16 January 1954
Stricken 25 January 1974
To Taiwan 01 June 1967, renamed Ān Yáng [安陽]
Decommissioned at Kaohsiung, 16 September 1999
Fate Sunk as a torpedo target by submarine ROCS Hailong 14 October 2003

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Kimberly 67kLewis Ashfield Kimberly was born 22 April 1838, in Troy, N.J., and was appointed a Midshipman 8 December 1946. From 1847 to 1860 he was in the African, Pacific, and East India Squadrons. During the Civil War he served on Potomac in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, and took part in the Mississippi River operations at Port Hudson, Grand Gulf, and Vicksburg. He was Executive Officer of Hartford, in the Battle of Mobile Bay, and was warmly commended for gallant and efficient service. During the period 1866 to 1889 he cruised in European, Atlantic, Pacific, and East Indian waters. He commanded Canonicus, Monongahela, and Omaha, before assuming the Presidency of the Naval Examining Board in 1885 with the rank of Commodore. On 11 April 1887, he took command of the Asiatic Station, and 2 months later was promoted to Rear Admiral. While Commander in Chief of the Pacific station, he was unable to save his flagship Trenton for a violent typhoon which struck Samoa 15 to 17 March 1889. Guiding his men with the inspiring words, "If we go down, let us do so with our flag flying," Kimberly skillfully beached his flagship, losing only one man in the raging storm that wrecked Trenton. Following his return to the United States in January 1890, Rear Admiral Kimberly was appointed President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and he held that post until retirement in April 1892. Rear Admiral Kimberly died in West Newton, Mass., 28 January 1902.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 48586, courtesy of the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, February 1935.
Tony Cowart
USS Kimberly (DD-521)
Kimberly 138kUndated, location unknown. Probably taken from the deck of LST-647 somewhere around Okinawa.Terry Smith
Kimberly 137kAmidships looking aft plan view of the USS Taylor (DD-468) in San Francisco on 20 January 1944. The USS Kimberly (DD-521) is at the opposite pier with an unidentified oiler on the opposite side of Kimberly.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 98kBow on view of USS Kimberly (DD-521) departing Mare Island on 6 October 1944.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 101kBroadside view of USS Kimberly (DD-521) off Mare Island on 6 October 1944.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 94kStern view of USS Kimberly (DD-521) departing Mare Island on 6 October 1944.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 108kForward plan view of USS Kimberly (DD-521) outboard of USS Young (DD-580) at Mare Island on 26 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 159kAft plan view of USS Kimberly (DD-521) outboard of USS Young (DD-580) at Mare Island on 26 June 1945.Darryl Baker
Kimberly 170kUSS Kimberly (DD-521), looking forward, while the ship was at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 26 June 1945. Note the cap of her forward smokestack, and the antenna for her SC-2 air search radar atop the foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the collections of the U.S. National Historical Center. Photo # NH 99746.Robert Hurst
Kimberly 78kTaken from Missouri (BB-63) while underway, 05 October 1945.Greg Skidmore
Kimberly 91kUSS Missouri as seen across the fantail of the USS Kimberly (DD-521) while enroute ot the Panama Canal, 11 October 1945.Edward H. Cleary
Kimberly 89kKimberly passing under the Cooper River Bridge, Charleston, SC, fall 1945. Her name painted amidship indicates she is returning from the Navy Day parade at New York City in October 1945. Charles Good / Ed Grune
Kimberly 65kAt San Francisco, CA, circa 1945.Marc Piché
Kimberly 121kOff Charleston, SC, February 1951, submitted in memory of Korean War crewman Joseph Fedynich.Jonathan Gabel/Donald E. Pribble
Kimberly 126kPhotograph from Donald E. Pribble, who was Yeoman/Personnelman aboard the Kimberly, June 1951-January 1954.Donald E. Pribble
113kKimberly (DD-521) underway, probably off Charleston Navy Yard after her 1951-52 recommissioning/refit. Framed photo given to GM3 William H. Reinbott upon his discharge from the Navy. Photo submitted by his son, Rick Reinbott.Rick Reinbott
Kimberly 113kAs above.Donald E. Pribble
Kimberly 143kA great idea done by Don's daughter in honor of her father.Donald E. Pribble
Kimberly 80kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes
ROCS Ān Yáng [安陽]
Kimberly 107kĀn Yáng (D 19) underway, location unknown. Courtesy of Toshio Tamura.Robert Hurst
Kimberly 64kIn Taiwanese service, circa 1969.Marc Piché
Kimberly 81kNewsphoto of the sinking of the Ān Yáng in the Southwest small Ryukyu Islands sea area, October 14 2003.-
Kimberly 14kAs above-
Kimberly 36kAs above-

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Commanding Officers
01CDR Harry Smith (USNA 1930)22 May 1943 - 25 October 1944
02CDR James Dickson Whitfield, Jr. (USNA 1930)25 October 1944 - 10 January 1946
03LCDR Dale Calvin Reed (USNA 1942)10 January 1946 - 01 August 1946
04LCDR Donald W. Gardner USN01 August 1946 - 05 February 1947
 Decommissioned05 February 1947 - 08 February 1951
05CDR Oscar Blair Parker (USNA 1938)08 February 1951 - 13 December 1953
06CDR Charles Whitacre Cushman (USNA 1939)13 December 1953 - 16 January 1954

Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: George G. Scott, RMCS USN (Ret)
Address: 8351 Sylvan Drive, West Melbourne, FL 32904-2421
Phone: 321-676-2307

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